My local dealer stocks Totem but only the expensive floorstanders, its very frustrating finding speakers.
Agreed: I have a Audio-T about 30 miles away and they sold Arros, along with more exoctic models, then I phoned back about 3 months later to no avail. They no longer stocked Arros but could source Dreamcatchers. very frustrating.
Amp: Leema Pulse; Source: Naim CD5i-2, Denon 260MKII, Pro-ject XP I; Speakers: PMC TB2i
Formerly known as plastic penguin
Heard the Dreamcatchers with a Brio R - lovely sounding and great imaging & soundstage!
ATV3 > Rega DAC > Rega Elicit R > Rega RS3
Rega RP6 / 10x5 / MP-110
So wonderful you buy.... Regas.
yes because in my set up the RS3 were the better match as I have a Rega Vox centre speaker and RS1 for rears!
If i had no speakers i actually would of given the Arros serious consideration!
i know Totem speakers kick ass, they are lovely sounding & musical - reminiscent of Rega - the dreamcatcher loose it a bit on bass but it a standmount but I would say very similar to RS1......
im my opinion of course!
Totems can be tricky little suckers to drive. Even though the Leema had no problems in this area, when compared to the MAs side-by-side, the MAs are a doddle to drive. Plus the MAs are better at low volumes, otherwise the Totems win hands down.
Sorry if I've asked you this before, but how are you getting on with the subplatter on the RP6? Was it worth getting?
Rega RP6/DV20X2L/Rega Aria/Naim CD5XS/Flatcap XS/Naim NAT05XS/Naim Supernait 2/Dynaudio 1.8-II
Just in case there's people not received the August edition, I won't spoil it but...
It seems, despite not hearing it, I know this amp already. Certainly the first test is almost a mirror image of the Pulse with description such as "slight leanness, and a hint of brightness to the treble...". What adds weight is the fact WHFI have chosen the Naim CD5si and Totem speakers as an ideal match. That sounds familiar.
Hi plastic penguin
I've used pre amp of the Elicit-R with ATC's SCM100ASL Profesional monitors and i've not come across a slight leaness or a hint of brightness.
Anyway onto test the Elicit-R's power amp next using an SCA2 pre amplifier.
All the best
Rick @ Musicraft
Not saying it has leanness, just conveying what WHFI review said. They also said the Pulse is lean but I've not come across this in the 3 years I've owned it.
Hi plastic ppenguin
I wasn't aware that WHF had also reviewed the Elicit-R.
Yip - the August edition. Compare the two aforementioned amps reviews and they are eerily similar. As I put in my original post they've paired the Elicit with Naim CD5si and Totem speakers. Coincidentally, I 'have the CD5i-2 and have heard the Pulse with Totem speakers. In my own strange way I thought it was interesting....
Thanks. I've now read WHF's review of the Elicit-R
Musicraft (Derby), Specialist Hi-Fi/AV & Multimedia Dealer
good accurate audio monitoring and good sound reproduction to all
The noise floor has gone, can hardly hear pops and crackles - god knows how it works but it does - i guess it is more stable & damped compared to piece of plastic rubbish they put on it!
Music sounds more lively!
BTW had my DAC on today for the first time in ages - really gobsmacked how close it sounds to vinyl - it really is that good on some music!
Of the good sounding ALAC files I have, if all my CDs sounded as good as they do then I would not of gone vinyl - but 75% of my ALAC files sounds compressed with no dynamaics
Thanks Steve - sounds like a great incestment, though I'm a bit wary of getting the original bearing out.....
Just read the WHF Elicit review - extremely positive and bears out my findings about the midrange/upper detail and revealing nature of the amp.
Now for a review of the Aria.
TBH, if I was in the market for £1500-£2000 amp the Elicit-R would be on my short-list. The initial review appeals to my taste and it looks quite nice, too.
I have the Rega Brio-R and is very happy with it, but of cause it has its limitations, so I´m very curious about the Elicit-R. So my questions is, do any of you think the Elicit-R would be good with my Dynaudio Focus 140 speakers (airy, smooth and (maybe) slow) and the Nordost Blue Heaven Leif Series speaker cables ( very fast, detailed and somewhat analytical ) + Blue Heaven USB cable on my Calyx DAC (smooth) ? After I changes to Nordost cables I got a heck lot more detail and better soundstage, but I feel that Brio-R is the one part giving the system some warmth. I´m not into super neutral, so I´m afraid to get that with Elicit-R . Some guy mention the amp is smooth when he heard it, but WHF say it had a hint of brightness in treble in their setup, so system matching is super important. Does Elicit-R still have a small amount of warmth ??
( By the way I sold my Musical Fidelity M3i amp at twice the price when I got the Brio-R, because it was too airy, lost grip of bass and had no real foundation in my setup. So I know what a better amp can give you in matters of detail, soundstage and transparency)
Desktop setup : Heed obelisk pre/PS + Nordost Red Dawn RCA+ Calyx DAC 24-bit/192kHz & PSU + KEF LS50 + Nordost Blue Heaven LS speaker cable + Nordost Blue heaven power cables Head-Fi: Harmony Design Ear 90 XLR ELMA +HiFiMan He-500
Due to the Elicit-R being a new release, few people have actually heard it in detail. Pretty sure it'll be a good upgrade on your Brio but whether it'll give you the sound you're looking for is another question. You'll need to dem the two and decide for yourself.
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